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Latest news

New Chair-Elect and Trustees Elected to the Board

01/09/2013

Markus Trice is elected as Chair-Elect and Christopher Leung and Sara Manzano-Díaz as Trustees. more > >

Senate Passes Intercountry Adoption Universal Accreditation Act of 2012

12/07/2012

On 12/5/12 Senate Bill 3331 was passed to provide for universal intercountry adoption accreditation standards. more > >

New Recognition from the Department of Veterans Affairs

11/28/2012

COA recognized by U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for Supportive Services for Veterans and Families program grantees. more > >

Call for Submissions: Innovative Practice Award

11/13/2012

Is your organization supporting novel, ground-breaking practices or programs that have improved the quality of services for clients? Do you encourage... more > >

2012 Human Trafficking Webinar Dates Full, Stay Tuned for 2013 Dates

11/13/2012

There are currently no spots available for either of the Human Trafficking webinar dates offered in 2012. Please stay tuned for additional dates... more > >

COA Launches PAO Plan and Tool Kit

10/12/2012

COA’s new Post Accreditation Outreach (PAO) Plan and Tool Kit is a suite of documents and templates that accredited organizations and programs can... more > >

COA Partners with Essential Learning

09/10/2012

COA and Essential Learning partner to help human service agencies prepare for a successful accreditation process. more > >

Spring 2012 Innovative Practice Award Winners

07/20/2012

The Innovative Practices Award is presented to COA accredited and in-process organizations that demonstrate the effective application of new and... more > >

Ulysses Arteaga Receives Consuelo Foundation Peer Reviewer Award of the Year

07/20/2012

The Consuelo Foundation Peer Reviewer Award is being presented to Ulysses Arteaga in recognition of his work and commitment to the value of COA... more > >

COA 2012 National Conference, August 5-7

03/01/2012

COA is hosting its National Conference –Fulfilling the Promise – on August 5-7, 2012 at the Waldorf=Astoria Hotel in New York City. The conference... more > >

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Accreditation News

New Self-Paced Training to Introduce You and Your Team to COA Accreditation

02/07/2017

Unsure about accreditation with COA? This is a great place to start. OR, are you in the process of COA accreditation and need to develop buy-in and... more > >

Call to Action - Callers in Crisis Need Local Support

01/03/2017

Does Your Agency Operate a Crisis Call Center? If So, Lifeline Needs You! more > >

Download the New PQI Tool Kit

09/21/2016

The COA Training department is pleased to release the PQI Tool Kit to better assist Private and Canadian organizations in developing and refining...

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Mike Angstadt's Consuelo Foundation Peer Reviewer Award Acceptance Speech

09/06/2016

In his acceptance speech at COA's 2016 Conference, Consuelo Foundation Peer Reviewer Award Winner,  Mike Angstadt reminded us that no one is as smart...

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Launch of COA’s New Maintenance of Accreditation Process

05/13/2016

COA summarizes the key changes associated with it's new MOA process more > >

Navigating the New Technological Frontier: Let Best Practices Be Your Guide

05/09/2016

In an article published to NTEN's blog, COA President & CEO, Richard Klarberg offers guidance for organizations using technology to deliver services more > >

Revised Rating Indicators to be in Effect Summer 2016

04/04/2016

Launching this summer will be additional guidance for organizations and volunteers. The intent of the rating indicators is to improve inter-rater... more > >

Crosswalk Released Demonstrating Alignment between COA's Standards and the Criteria for CCBHCs

10/21/2015

The COA and CCBHC crosswalk is designed as a resource to inform states that COA accredited organizations possess the capacity to operate as CCBHCs by... more > >

COA to Attend Upcoming Special Commission on the Practical Operation of the 1993 Hague Adoption Convention

05/20/2015

COA’s Director of Hague Accreditation, Jayne Schmidt, will be travelling to the Hague as a representative on the US government’s delegation at the...

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Volunteer Services Departmental Updates

04/27/2015

COA welcomes Darrell Woodliff as it's new Site Visit Manager and announces Stephanie Johnnie's expanded role as Volunteer Coordinator more > >

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Standards News

Updated Standards for Homelessness Services Now Available

07/17/2017

Best practices in addressing homelessness are now incorporated in COA’s standards for homelessness services more > >

New Standards to Support Youth and Promote Resiliency

06/08/2017

COA's new Youth Psychosocial Services standards facilitate childhood development and resiliency using a holistic approach that improves family... more > >

NEW National Accreditation Standards for Public Agencies

08/01/2016

COA releases standards that provide a detailed roadmap for public agencies seeking to increase effectiveness as they strive to improve outcomes for... more > >

Updated Youth Independent Living (YIL) Standards Released

03/25/2016

New Core Standard for youth independent living program models integrated with residential services accommodates youth in transition. more > >

Updated Standards Supporting the Use of Technology Now Available

02/25/2016

COA partnered with a diverse panel of subject matter experts to strengthen standards relating to technology adoption and utilization as well as... more > >

Release of Updated Standards Promoting Best Practices in Suicide Prevention

10/05/2015

Best practices in suicide prevention are now incorporated into the Administrative and Service Environment (ASE), Counseling, Support, and Education... more > >

Updated Behavioral Health Standards Released

05/28/2015

Outpatient Mental Health Services (MH) now combined with Services for Substance Use Conditions (SA) standards to make one service section: Services... more > >

Updated Standards for Employee Assistance Programs (EAP) Available for Field Comment

03/09/2015

A panel of representatives from the EAP field identified changes needed to appropriately reflect the structure of and best practices for EAP... more > >

Updated Behavioral Health Standards Available for Field Comment

02/19/2015

In response to the evolving behavioral health landscape, COA is updating our Outpatient Mental Health Services (MH), Services for Substance Use... more > >

Revised Standards for Canadian Organizations Released

01/01/2015

A multi-level review effort was conducted to address areas where the standards required strengthening to better reflect Canadian practice. more > >

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Articles and Letters

Our Partnership with Cristo Rey New York High School

03/08/2017

Although just 16 and 17 years old, once a week high school sophomore, Alan Peralta and senior, Tashawna Harris commute to the heart of New York City’s...

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Eight Accreditation Myths and Misconceptions

03/11/2014

Article published in Alliance Magazine: Issue 3 - 2013 more > >

The Value of Accreditation for Foster Parents

01/13/2014

Article published in January/February 2014 issue of Fostering Families Today magazine more > >

Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

12/07/2012

Although the lengthy stoppage of COA’s email, internet and phone services resulting from Hurricane Sandy was challenging and stressful, your patience,... more > >

Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

06/28/2012

As our August national conference - Fulfilling the Promise - approaches, I would like to give you a preview of some of the new and exciting... more > >

Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

06/11/2012

As you know, the theme of our 2012 National Conference is Fulfilling the Promise. In that regard, we are continuously working to fulfill our promise... more > >

Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

06/16/2011

The 9/11 ceremonies and remembrances this past weekend brought into focus how much our world has changed in the last 10 years. Today’s economic... more > >

Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

04/19/2011

I am delighted to announce that the Council on Accreditation (COA) has recently partnered with the Black Administrators in Child Welfare (B.A.C.W.),... more > >

Richard's Colleague Letter to the Field

02/18/2011

While we are all interested in whether the groundhog’s prediction about a short winter will be correct, a more pressing issue is: when will the... more > >

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Press Releases

TRICARE Recognizes COA as an Approved Accreditor

06/15/2017

TRICARE Manual follows publication of TRICARE Rule that expands coverage more > >

Spring 2015 Innovative Practices Award Winner Announced

03/11/2015

An Accredited Organization is Recognized for Demonstrating Outstanding and Forward-looking Practices more > >

COA's Jim Murphy Recognized by NAA as one of the Top 25 Most Influential People in After School

03/25/2014

The National AfterSchool Association (NAA) has announced its list of the twenty-five most influential people in the afterschool community! The award... more > >

Innovative Practices Award Winners Announced!

11/01/2013

Neighbor to Family, Inc. and St. Joseph’s Villa are honored for their demonstration of unique and effective methods for addressing their client and... more > >

COA Announces NTEN as New Supporting Organization

03/12/2013

Nonprofit Technology Network and the Council on Accreditation Partner to Support Efforts of Human Service Organizations to Use Technology to Fulfill... more > >

New Chair-Elect and Trustees Elected to the Board

01/09/2013

Markus Trice is elected as Chair-Elect and Christopher Leung and Sara Manzano-Díaz as Trustees. more > >

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WHO IS ACCREDITED?

Private Organization Accreditation

Northside Psychological Services is a combination of both private practice and community mental health provider. We provide services to children and adults (EAP, private insurance, private pay, etc.) in our private practice setting. In our Community Care Program, we provide services to children and adolescents in their homes.
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VOLUNTEER TESTIMONIAL

Jane Bonk, Ph.D., LCSW

Volunteer Roles: Commissioner; Evaluator; Lead Evaluator; Peer Reviewer; Team Leader

Dr. Jane Bonk is a team leader, evaluator, and commissioner who has led over 25 site visits for COA.
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